Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Schaer

English - Asst. Prof.

Office: Kauke
Phone: not listed


  • B.A., Religion, Colgate University, 1993
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Columbia University, 2005

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 161: Introduction to Fiction & Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 261: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 261: Advanced Memoir Writing
  • FYSM: Cosmos & Consciousness
  • ENGL 160 Women & the Politics of Pain

Awards and Fellowships

  • MacDowell Colony: Fellowship, 2016
  • Vermont Studio Center: Full Fellowship, 2016
  • Florida Literary Arts Coalition: Touring Poet, 2015
  • Robert Dana-Anhinga Poetry Prize, 2014
  • Yaddo: Fellowship, 2012
  • Djerassi Resident Artists Program: Fellowship 2012
  • Saltonstall Foundation: Fellowship, 2012 and 2007
  • Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, 2010
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts: Fellowship, 2006


  • “The Long Now,” Territory, Summer 2018
  • “24 Hours in Ohio,” GOOD, Fall 2016
  • “Nomad,” Academy of American Poets: Poem-a-Day, Fall 2015
  • “Middle Flight,” The Awl, Summer 2015
  • “Coal” & “Wreck,” The Literary Review, Summer 2015
  • “Fathom,” The Awl, Winter 2015
  • “Natural History,” At Length, Winter 2015
  • “White Matter,” Southeast Review, Winter 2014
  • “Messenger,” Guernica, Winter 2014
  • “At Home” & “At Sea,” Drunken Boat, Winter 2013
  • “Disturbance” Slice, Fall 2012
  • “Fear” & “Yellowjackets” Tin House, Spring 2011
  • “Falling Overboard,” Paris Review, Fall 2012

Books and Anthologies

  • Shipbreaking (Anhinga 2015) 
  • “Endangerment Finding,” Starting Today, Editor: Rachel Zucker (University of Iowa Press 2010)
  • “The Liger,” Best New Poets, Editor: Natasha Trethewey (University of Virginia Press 2007)


Robin Beth Schaer taught literature and creative writing courses at Columbia University, Cooper Union, and The New School in New York City before coming to Wooster.  She worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot full-rigged ship lost in Hurricane Sandy. Her research and teaching interests include science and environmental writing; ecopoetics; sea narratives; documentary poetry; translation; feminism; and literature as a political and empathetic act.

Her first book of poetry, Shipbreaking, was published in 2015. The collection was named one of BuzzFeed’s “Best Poetry Books” and “Best Literary Debuts” of the year. The starred review for Shipbreaking in Publishers Weekly declared: "In Schaer’s voluminous, shipwrecked world, everything is beautiful and no one is safe. This is a gorgeous debut from a smart, incisive young poet.”

 Schaer was educated at Colgate University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Saltonstall Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bomb Magazine, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others.